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're in very close contact with countries like turkey and jordan. that immediately border syria and have an impact and obviously, israel, which is having grave concerns, as we do, for example, about movements of chemical weapons that might occur in such a chaotic atmosphere. it could have an impact on the region as a whole. i'm encouraged to see that the opposition created an umbrella group that may have more cohesion than they have had in the past. my envoys will be traveling and meeting with people. we consider them a legitimate representative of the as operations -- aspirations of the syrian people. it's a broad-based representative group. one of the questions we'll continue to press is making sure that the opposition is committed to a democratic syria, an inclusive syria, a moderate syria. we have seen extremist elements insinuate themselves into the opposition. and one of the things that we have to be on guard about, particularly talking about arming opposition figures, is that we're not indirectly putting arms in the handles of folks who would do americans harm or israelis or othe
to the middle east. israel announced that its tanks shot and hit an armoured vehicle in syria today. it's the first time the two sides have directly confronted each other since the civil war in syria began almost two years ago, raising the fear that israel could be dragged into the conflict. israel decided to fire after a mortar shell from syria landed in the golan heights. >>> back here at home, a new headline, discussed around the kitchen table tonight about autism. we know that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with the disorder, and this new study suggests that about a flu, during a pregnancy, can increase a child's risk. abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser here with the whole picture. so many pregnant couples are going to be in fear. what do you want to say to them s snr. >> reporter: the study found that moms that remembered having the flu during pregnancy, the risk of having an autistic child doubled, from 1% to 2%. still very, very small. and this type of study is called exploratory. doesn't prove anything but says we have to look at it further. >> let's look at the other
is being drawn more deeply into the civil war in syria. the military says its tanks scored a direct hit on syrian targets, after a stray mortar fell into the golden heights. the conflict has spilled into turkey, jordan and lebanon, with deadly consequences there. >>> hillary clinton has arrived in australia for a summit on strengthening defense ties and fighting cyber threats from other countries, including china. president obama travels to asia later this week for historic visits to myanmar and cambodia. >>> former vice presidential candidate, paul ryan, has confirmed reports that election night results took the romney camp completely by surprise. ryan told our milwaukee station that the campaign was well-run. but in the end, it was not enough. he says reality finally sank in when they lost ohio. >> the polling we had, the numbers we were looking at, looked like we stood a pretty good chance of winning. so, when the numbers came in, you know, going the other direction, and we saw the kind of turnout that was occurring in urban areas, which were really unprecedented, it did come as a bi
this region is destabilized. you've got this ongoing civil war in syria. you've got tensions in lebanon and that brings in hezbollah. and now with these post-arab spring democracies, these countries are much more answerable to their people. and if their people see that this situation in gaza is untenable and if they start to take to the streets, to protest against their leaders, if it enflames the arab street more than it has in the past, that would cause more instability. >> but at this point, what is the u.s. obligation to israel, for defense in this situation, but also, what kind of pressure to exert? >> reporter: the u.s. has this historic agreement to defend israel and stand by israel. what it hopes to be able to do is encourage israel not to cause too many civilian casualties, like what happened last time. but beyond that, the united states is not going to get involved on the ground. >> where do you place the odds that hamas will listen to the egyptians and, indeed, there will be a cease-fire? >> reporter: i think it's going to take some time. but this, the israelis say, is going
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